A recent article in City & State illustrates Citibike has been a success but may be mismanaged by it’s system creator, Alta. Right-of-Way and Safe Streets advocate Charlie Komanoff pointed out this article really hits the mark: “Bravo! Once again Ms. Gelinas drills to the heart of the issue: “The problem [with Citi Bike] has little to do with
bicycles. The problem is confusion over Citi Bike’s public social goals
versus its private profit-making goals.” Gelinas’s reportage continues to set the standard for civic journalism.
A GREATER GOOD: CITI BIKE AND PROFITS
Citi Bike’s purpose shouldn’t be to make a profit, but to bring workers into New York so their employers make money.
By: Nicole Gelinas
April 6th, 2014
The problem with the program is that the company that runs Citi Bike— Alta Bicycle Share—is a small five-year-old company with the challenges that come with being a small five-year-old company. Alta runs other American bike-share systems, including Boston and Washington. But Alta has never run a system of New York’s scale and demand. There is no such system in America. Chicago, which comes closest, does less than a tenth of New York’s annual rides with the same number of bikes and more docks. Alta has found itself overwhelmed—having to spend more than it expected in “redistributing” bikes to meet time-of-day demand.
Title: Opus Video Series
Seen on: urbanvelo.org
Description: Canadian bike manufacturer, Opus, has just released the first of five videos “that examines bike riders and the forces that drive them.” The first release is this video titled, The Commuter, but I can’t tell if this is just a teaser or the video in it’s entirety.
Title: Cyclist Hit By Car
Seen on: urbanvelo.org
Description: We know this happens every day, the impatient driver BLATANTLY hitting a cyclist with their vehicle, but I still can’t get used to the visuals when I see it happen. I post this as a reminder. It’s all too easy to get comfortable riding in traffic, not expecting drivers to do the insane. Consider this a PSA.
Title: Group of People Harassing and Restraining a Cyclist
Description: The kind of harassment cyclists face everyday in NYC. Thank God for the heroics of a fellow driver to free this cyclist from what could have been a very bad situation. Consider this a how-to-video. Also a good commercial for the need for helmet cam documentation.
Title:Bogocat Vol. 1
Seen on: urban cyclist worldwide
Description: Alleycat en Bogota – Colombia el 22 de Marzo de 2014 Con la participación de Lucas Brunelle, Austin Horse.
Title: Budnitz: Le Grand Tour
Seen on: urban cyclist worldwide
Description: A recalcitrant bicycle thief falls in love with the bicycle he’s stolen. Inspired by the films of François Truffaut. Created by Budnitz Bicycles, directed by Russ Lamoureux, produced by Partizan. 3 minutes.
Are you a data geek? I married one…but Shaun Jacobsen is waaay into it and parlayed his love of graphs and numbers into a public online transportation data base. Shaun is a slight academic, graduate student of Sociology, French, Economics, and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin and in his spare time he created the website: transitized.com where he keeps tabs on 3 main area of urban transportation: Walking, Biking and Transportation.
He recently compiled statistics released by NYC’s citibike bike share and created the: Citi Bike Data Explorer. Currently taking ridership information up to February 28th, 2014, the site looks at data from daily trips and puts it into some interesting and digestable graphs and charts…if your into that sort of thing.
Based out of Chicago, Shaun also has fun figures on their bike share program: DIVVY
Hopefully this information can be used to support these bike share programs and expand them across the US.
If you think a deluge of a weekend full of rain was going to stop NYC’s premiere competitive cycling event, the Red Hook Crit…guess again.
Congratulations to France’s 24-year-old Thibaud Lhenry who won it for the men and Jo Celso, a 26-year-old from San Diego and a rider for the Wolfpack Hustle Team, placed first in the first ever woman’s division.
Here is an article and photos from the New York Times:
Photos: A Damp Spin Through Brooklyn
By: Joshua Bright
March 31st, 2014
(Photos by: Joshua Bright)
If you looked up through the heavy rain Saturday in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, you could just make out the silhouettes of its industrial landscape: warehouses, dock cranes, factory chimneys, even the barely discernible Statue of Liberty. If you looked left or right between umbrellas, you could see beards, tattoos, cow bells and colorful caps with inadequate brims. If you looked down, you could see drops of blood in some rain puddles. And if you blinked, well, you would have missed the point: ridiculously fast, brakeless, fixed-gear bike racing.
The Red Hook Crit, billed as “The World’s Premier Track Bike Criterium” hosted its inaugural Women’s Criterium during its 7th annual event this Saturday.
The Crit is a closed course at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where fearless fixed gear bikers and runners qualify and compete. Its sponsors include Rockstar Games and Timbuk2, among many others. This year’s event was especially challenging due to the cold and rainy weather.
This just in, the financially struggling Citibikes (Citibikenyc.com) bike share may have a new savior…Donald Trump. The megalomanic with the perfect hair wants to add to his empire and use the bike share as a vehicle to advertise his conservative agenda.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Transportation Alternatives executive director, Paul Steely White have more on this new development from today’s Brian Lehrer Show.
The Brian Lehrer Show
A New Citi Bike Savior: Donald Trump?
(Getty) The WNYC transportation team has seen early copies of a report on how the financially troubled Citi Bike program could be rescued by real estate mogul Donald Trump. Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives discusses the initial proposal for “Trump Wheels” and what it means for bikers all over New York City.
It’s Red Hook Crit time. What started as an underground event to celebrate David August Trimble’s birthday…seven years later, is now one of the premiere cycling competitions in New York City.
Here is a guide from David himself on BikeNYC.org:
The Essential Guide to the Red Hook Crit 2014
By: David Trimble (photo of: Ingrid Drexler by Eloy Anzola )
In 2008, I organized the first ever Red Hook Crit to celebrate my 26th birthday. As someone who came up with one foot in traditional road bike racing and the other in unsanctioned urban alleycat races, I wanted to create a competition that would combine the physical intensity of road races with the amazing rivalries and spirit from the urban cycling scene. Despite the modest turnout at that first RHC event in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the atmosphere was intense and the race was a memorable one, with Kacey Manderfield pulling ahead to victory in a tight sprint against her male rivals.
Seven years on, Red Hook Crit has become a New York City cycling institution and spread across the Atlantic, with additional races held annually in Barcelona and Milan. RHC events pit world-class competitors against one another, racing on brakeless track bikes, with thousands of spectators cheering them on. This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first Women’s Criterium and introducing a field of future women cycling champions.
Brooklyn’s Hipster Bike Race ‘It’s Not About the Money’
By: Leon Lazaroff
March 26th, 2014
Or maybe a prototypical Brooklyn happening featuring a horde of cyclists riding fixed-gear track bikes with no brakes at night around a tight course on a long pier facing lower Manhattan in front of 8,000 people, drinking and shouting and trying to figure out who’s winning.
Either way, the Red Hook Crit has evolved in seven years into something of a mecca among cycling enthusiasts with survivalist inclinations. And as the Crit, short for criterium, has grown, the borough that it calls home has been remade once again by its younger inhabitants, many of them eager migrants who’ve gravitated to the self-confident hipster capital of the world in hopes of being among the best of their generation’s artists, developers, thinkers and promoters.
This event has come a long way from when volunteers had to try and hold off cars from plowing into a pack of speeding track bikes on the cobblestone streets near IKEA.
This year there was so much interest from the ladies, they got their own race.
This winter she’s been tearing it up on the Cyclocross circuit.
She’ll be rockin her Stanridge designed by London based street artist Ben EINE.
Speaking of the ladies, Susi Wunsch from VeloJoy just posted a great interview with Jo Celso who rides with LA’s Wolfpack Hustle.
IN RED HOOK CRIT WOMENS RACE, A VICTORY BEFORE THE START
When Jo Celso lines up at the start of this year’s first-ever women’s field for the annual Red Hook Crit cycling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Saturday night, she will already have beaten the most formidable of foes: cancer.
The 25-year-old, who rides for the otherwise male Wolfpack Hustle Track Team in San Diego, CA, received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma half-way through her first season of racing in 2011. Remarkably, Celso came back 6 months later to claim victory in the women’s field of the popular L.A. Marathon Crash track race. (See top photo: Mikey Wally)
That event is part of the world of unsanctioned urban racing, in which the Red Hook Crit is a force, having grown from a small neighborhood event to a series that draws an international field, as well as crowds of spectators who thrill to the excitement of night racing on track bikes without brakes or gears. Race organizer David Trimble says he recognized demand for a separate women’s field as the race grew — there are now six qualifying races on the men’s side — and “our long overdue ability to control a second field” made adding it a reality this season.
Celso joins an inaugural field of more than 35 women from the U.S., Italy and Puerto Rico. A key player in a vibrant women’s racing community based around the San Diego Velodrome, the young racer talked with us recently about the new women’s race, biking on chemo and what it’s like to be female in the male-dominated world of street racing.
Bring it! This Saturday night, cheer on the new Red Hook Crit women’s field, which includes a talented roster of New York City racers. Click here for all the details.
Have you raced Red Hook before?
I came out last year and I didn’t qualify; none of the women did. I remember walking away frustrated. I felt like there was just this big gap between a person like me and some of the pros and semi-pros, especially the guys who are winning and placing.I felt like that was the essence with a lot of the women. We felt like there was just no place for us. But when I heard they were putting in a women’s field at Red Hook, I went from not wanting to be there to really wanting to go.
The Race will be going on all day with qualifications. Here is more info:
CRITERIUM RACE DETAILS (MEN’S)
24 Laps / 31.5 KM total distance
200 Riders attempt to qualify*
85 Riders advance to the main race
Track bikes required
Points awarded towards The Red Hook Criterium Championship Series
Edward Albert is a former road racer and avid vintage bicycle collector. His passion for road bikes is extensive and many of his prize rides adorn his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. A portal to his collection can be found on his site: thevintagebikelife.com.
Here are a few examples to drool over: (From PROLLY )
Eddie is curating a show, at the Rapha Cycling Club store (64 Gansevoort St.-Meat Packing District of NYC) entitled-Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs.
“Rapha Cycle Club invites you to Gangs of New York: The Early Years of NYC Cycling Clubs. From the collection of Edward Albert, Rapha showcases the thundering race scene that existed in early 20th century NYC. Highlighting four local race clubs through bikes, jerseys, and ephemera, this show reveals the origins of road racing in New York.
Please join us for an informal opening Saturday March 29th from 2pm-4pm. Edward Albert will be in attendance to discuss the collection. Gangs of New York will be on display through May 1st.